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Apple TV+ Releases Trailer for Earvin "Magic" Johnson Documentary: ‘They Call Me Magic’

This four-part docuseries follows the life and career of basketball super hero Earvin "Magic" Johnson. This weekend marks the premiere of the series at SXSW's 2022 festival.

The series, directed by Rick Famuyiwa, gives NBA fans an inside look at Johnson's playing career, philanthropy, and fight against HIV. Magic himself appears on the show, as well as Cookie Johnson, EJ Johnson, Larry Bird, LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neil, President Obama, Fred Stabley Jr., Dwayne Wade, Jerry West, and Michael Wilbon.

“If you don’t make a difference in the Black community, that doesn’t matter that you win a championship,” Johnson says in the clip.

A variety of archival clips from Johnson's career are shown in the trailer, including clips from his championship-winning Lakers teams, HIV press conference, and community work. One of the voices heard in the trailer is that of Barack Obama, who says that Magic became a role model for those suffering from the same illness.

Check out the trailer below.


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